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Sep 27, 2012 9:00pm PDT
decision would have to wait. there was an election to be held, and the choice would now be up to the next president of the united states. >> good evening. the issue of research involving stem cells derived from human embryos is increasingly the subject of national debate. as the genius of science extends the horizons of what we can do, we increasingly confront complex questions about what we should do. >> narrator: in august, 2001, president bush announced his decision: federal funding would be limited to existing stem cell lines. no new embryos could be used, a policy that created major obstacles in the search for new treatments. >> narrator: there are many therapies, very common in chronic diseases of all sorts, where there's an age cut-off, and if you're over a certain age, you can't get it. it could well be that when the big breakthrough comes, i will be four or five years past that age. and if that happens, i'm going to be really annoyed-- at george w. bush in particular. >> narrator: the stem cell controversy would continue to simmer throughout the bush years. but by the summer of 2
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